Nixon Escorted by "Captain John Smith" at Jamestown 350th
In 1957, Virginia hosted an eight-month-long celebration known as the "Jamestown Festival" to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of the colony on Jamestown Island. Organized through the efforts of the Virginia 350th Anniversary Commission, the festival emphasized the key role that Jamestown, as the first permanent English settlement in North America, played in American history. The event drew national and international attention to the state and brought more than a million visitors to the Jamestown area, including then-U.S. vice president Richard Nixon and Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. In this photo, Nixon is escorted into the celebration by a man dressed as the Jamestown Settler Captain John Smith.